About the Book
The World Today Series: Russia and Eurasia deals with twelve sovereign states that became independent following the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. Approximately one-third of the book is devoted to Russia. The remainder of the book is comprised of separate chapters on Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The text focuses heavily on recent economic and political developments within these twelve states. Each country chapter offers descriptions and overviews of the respective governmental institutions, key leaders, civil society dynamics, and economic conditions within each state. It supplements this focus with shorter sections dealing with historical developments, demographics, foreign policy, and cultural elements. Each chapter concludes with brief projections of future developments within each state. The combination of factual accuracy and up-to-date detail along with its informed projections make this an outstanding resource for students, researchers, practitioners in international development, media professionals, government officials, and potential investors.
About the Author: Brent Hierman is an associate professor in the Department of International Studies and Political Science at Virginia Military Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science with a minor in Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University. Prior to earning his Ph.D., he served in the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan. Brent has published some of his research in Eurasian politics in journals such as Europe-Asia Studies, Journal of Peasant Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, and Nationalities Papers. Some of the courses that he regularly teaches include Post-Soviet Politics, Central Asian Politics, and Authoritarianism.